Space Station Middle Finger
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #57
Ranked #1,826
4.18 | pDev: 8.85%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
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Notes: From the dawn of time, humans have looked to the sky for answers. Space Station Middle Finger replies to all from its eternal orbit. Behold and enjoy Space Station Middle Finger, a bright golden American Pale Ale.

50 IBU
Reviews: 206 | Ratings: 1,765 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6/3/14; drank 6/20/14 @ the Yarchives.

Murky dull orange color.

HUGE cream head; frothy lace.

Orange citrus nose; hints of wheat.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pleasant, mild orange citrus with a bruising, unnecessarily bitter finish. Wheat notes emerge as it warms.

Not terrible, but certainly not to my taste.

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Photo of beergoot
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden body; beautiful rising carbonation, small bubbles and slowly ascending; thick and creamy head, thick, sticky sheets of foam coast the glass. A wonderful floral and light cereal grain aroma; gentle fruitiness to the nose. The taste opens with a slightly sweet caramel flavor, develops with a sweet berry-like element, and finishes up nicely with an excellent balanced bitterness. Heavy body; low-key residual sugars; warm yet juicy; semi-sweet with a slight cut of alcohol dryness.

This is an incredibly tasty American pale ale. Deftly balanced and nuanced.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 3-14-19
L: Orange, fairly hazy. Off-white head that 1 minute post-pour results in a flat head and some sticky lacing.
S: Not much going on immediately. As it warms, a pine/GF aroma starts to emerge, but is subdued.
T: Much more going than the aroma. Light citrus, pine and malty.
F: Smooth. Little carbonation and bitterness. Light creamy finish.
O: This was my last of this buy. Multiple tastes over a couple of weeks resulted in the same thing. MF a plus.. but a little disappointed in the aroma. Would buy again should it come back around though.

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Photo of drtth
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The lightly hazed golden-copper colored liquid pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” off white head that recedes slowly to a cap of foam and then a thin irregular island of foam while leaving a spotty web, a sheet, and rings of lacing. Sipping creates a couple of slender arches and lots of small patches, streaks and legs of lacing.

The aromas have some caramel, tropical fruits, a bit of melon and a light touch of citrus in the background.

The flavors are pretty much as expected from the nose. There’s the caramel malt, some tropical fruits, a touch of melon and some lychee. The very light citric tinged bitterness is noticeable but remains in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with the light to moderate and persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness and fruit flavors begin to fade as the light citric zest tinged bitterness moves to the back of the palate where it takes a long time to disappear.

Overall this is an enjoyable and drinkable beer that is fairly unusual for an APA in that both the hops and the malt play a major role in the aroma/flavor profile and play nicely together through out. I’ll expect I’ll be having a few more of these.

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Photo of 57md
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light copper color with a finger of fluffy head. The nose is citrusy. The flavor also has a great citrus (especially orange) bite to accompany the hop bitterness.

This blurs the lines between APA and IPA.

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Photo of puck1225
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Slightly cloudy yellow color with a good head and nice lacing. Citrus smell and taste. Malty and smooth. Interesting bottle art.

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, honey. Taste is malts up front, Taste is malts up front, light hops and citrus in the background. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, but I was expecting better.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Space Station Middle Finger pours a bronze color, with a small, long lasting and lacing head. Boozy aroma, hoppy, with pine. Flavor is big and strong, boozy, a little bit of pine, and dry fruit. Good body and feel. Overall, great name, and great beer. Big flavors, stronger, like the pine.

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Photo of MNAle
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is a surprise: fruit (and not citrus) - apricot, and quite dominantly apricot. After the beer settles a bit, then some citrus. Hazy, murky orange, bright orange with a backlight; otherwise, a bit muddy. Small (tiny) particles along with the carbonation. Tall slightly tan (only slightly) thick head, slowly receding, leaving thick lacing that decorates the glass all the way down as you drink. Very nice looking. Smooth, creamy, almost thick, initially, but it thins out after the initial hit. As with the aroma, strong apricot taste, balanced with a bready malt, a touch of sweetness along with a nicely bitter middle. Finish is malty smooth, mild, and clean. Slightly bitter aftertaste. An unusual APA, but very well done and very delicious.

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Photo of gcasher
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle fresh
Pours brown and hazy with big tan head, foamy, and lots of bubbly lacing.
Aroma of sweet malt followed by subtle floral hops.
Taste of sweet brown malt with floral and bitter hop aftertaste.
Thin body.
Overall, tasty, hippy, light, and easy drinking.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Dark and murky golden appearance but a bright amber hue when held to light, with a very thick fluffy head that has excellent lacing and retention.

Exceptional smell. Grassy and floral hops upfront, with notes of figs, apricots, cherries, dates, caramel, and of course citrus.

Much like the smell. Has a somewhat dry, yet not too bitter aftertaste. Otherwise, grassy hops are the main composition with a sweet balanced body to go with it. Besides the notes mentioned above, I also taste gumballs, which seems to be something consistent with 3 Floyds ales. Feels really creamy smooth.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9/28/18 (Chicago): Purchased 7/21 ($11 six pack) at 3 Floyds Brewery. Bronze pour of 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Generous puffy one finger head, leaves a nice lacing, Nice sweet, but not too sweet, grassy and floral hops aroma. Very nice dry semi-bitter taste, hoppy, nice blended floral offset though not as strong as the aroma would lead. Crisp clean mouth feel, pucker up with a nice bitter dry feel. Overall excellent APA.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: slight hop bitterness, citrus, tangy, crisp clean finish. Herbal grassy nose. bright amber hue, mostly clear, average head delicate lace. Medium body. Balanced. 50 IBUs

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Photo of MaximalC
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful, deep, amber color with a towering billow of khaki froth. Aroma smells of fig and apricot preserves on toast.

The taste is surprisingly sweet for a pale ale, featuring the aforementioned figs and apricots, along with notes of dates, dried cherries, caramel, and toasted bread--fruitcake or cereal with dried fruit come to mind. Hops are tame and noble in character, and I hardly know what to think at this point... It's almost as if this APA has repressed barleywine tendences. Body appears light at first blush, but ultimately holds up as it traverses the palate, buoyed by fine but robust carbonation.

I must confess this beer is not at all what I expected for a 3F pale ale--in fact, it is an anomalous pale ale by anyone's standards. I guess you could say it's a big middle finger to anyone who thought they knew what to expect when they cracked open the bottle, and for that, they have my bemused respect.

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Photo of Milktoast75
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You always wonder if the high retail price for 3 Floyd’s is worth it. Middle Finger is well worth it.
Hazy golden, light carmel color with a full linger head that laces nicely down the glass. Wonderful floral hoppy scent. One the most inviting scents from any beer I’ve had.
A quick hop taste at start followed by a bit of fruit floral hint. A full flavor spectrum that ends with a clean refreshing finish.
Highly recommend this beer. It’s worth the price.

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-A very nice light amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has hoppy and citrus hints
T-The taste follows the nose with nice hoppy and citrus flavors
M-A medium well carbonated beer
O-A very nice APA

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Photo of Beejay
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange Amber in color with tan head. Light citrus aroma. Flavor is earthy and citrus with a good amount of bitterness on the finish. Moderate feel with lower carbonation. Overall tasty.

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Photo of Slingshot1204
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect summer APA. Light enough to drink several on a hot day. Excellent citrus flavor and aroma. Has a nice light copper color with a sweet beige head. I'm typically an IPA guy, so this goes down smooth and easy like a typical American lager but has way more flavor with no bitter bite or heavy throat feel like a lot of IPA's.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 4-8-18. CBF tulip pint.

A: pours an ever so slightly hazy copper orange with one thick finger of fluffy beige head. Rows and rows of streaming, small bubble carb. Outrageously awesome lacing. Really, it is hard to make a beer look better than this one looks.

S: fresh out of the fridge I’m getting loads of citrus and sweetness; a very classic APA smell. Cascade? Centennial?

T: very traditional American IPA taste, well executed. Citrus, grapefruit peel and white bread arrival. Mildly sweet, not nearly as sweet as Lazer Snake, but a very similar taste profile. Like a lower alcohol two hearted ale.

M: midweight, low carbonation, fluffy texture. Slightly slick, clean finish.

O: made for mass appeal, this is a success. Breaks no new ground stylistically, but it is truly perfectly executed. I’d really classify this as an IPA though, just one with lower ABV. I liked Lazer Snake better, I’m a sucker for sweet beers. But if I’m having more than one, I’d go for this.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To me it seems very close to zombie dust in terms of taste and flavor. Love the name and cover art. A very hoppy yet smooth pale ale that I would probably get again. Recommended!

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love the uniquely orange color that i did not expect, medium head with nice lacing on the glass, hoppy, but well-balanced with the citrus, hints of pine and malt in there too, smooth on the way down and magnificent all the way through, a real winner.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - frothy 2-finger head atop a translucent orange body.

S - sweet malt, grass, pine, citrus.

T - quite grassy. Citrus helps to balance the earthy hops. Mildly bitter, mildly sweet, no booze.

F - medium body and carb.

O - An enjoyable Pale.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Excellent light yellow/orange color, little haze, finger of head that quickly dissipated after a minute.

S: Floral, citrus, bready, the usual suspects. Nothing too special, or at least I can't taste the specialness

T: Follows the nose, pleasing.

M: Light/medium body. Perfect carb.

O: It was nice, but nothing outstanding. Drink it again but I won't seek it out.

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Photo of Buck89
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Fairly hazy with a bright amber color. A medium sized off white head that slowly settled. The aroma was a bit blunted for a 4 week old bottle, but there was nice pine, orange, and some bready malt. Great taste. Fairly bitter with balanced citrus, earthy tones, and bready malt with a hint of caramel sweetness. Great beer.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours an orange shade of gold. Very thin crown that hardly completes covering the beer sits on top. Semi clear.
The smell is slightly citrusy and dank but rather underwhelming.
The taste is juicy with citrus notes and has a nice malt backbone.
The mouthfeel is wet and sticky.
Overall, this is a solid pale ale from FFF.

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Space Station Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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